Pienaar re-commits to Ulster

Springbok Ruan Pienaar has put pen to paper on a three year contract extension with his Irish club Ulster.RW Stamp

The 71 times capped Bok has been widely toutes by French clubs, including the cash rich Toulon. However Pienaar has chosen to stay at the club where he and his family have called home nice arriving at Raven Hill in 2010.

 “I am delighted to be staying at Ulster. I have really enjoyed my first three seasons at the Province and I am looking forward to helping the team compete for silverware in the coming years.” Said Pienaar on his new deal.

Ulster’s Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, added: “To be successful, you need top-class players, therefore I am extremely pleased that Ruan, who is one of the best scrumhalves anywhere in the world, is extending his time with us.

“The announcement of this contract will give everyone at Ulster – the players, the staff and the fans a huge lift, especially as it had been wrongly reported that Ruan would be leaving us.It was no surprise to us that his services were coveted by other clubs, but we always knew that what we could offer him in terms of a great playing squad, a world-class stadium and state-of-the-art training facilities would be enough to make him want to stay.

“Ruan’s decision to commit to three more years at Ravenhill is a huge endorsement of what we are doing at Ulster and I have no doubt that he will be a key part of our success in the coming seasons.”

The Bok veteran has made 63 appearances for the Irish Province and scored 510 points to date.

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